ex·​pe·​di·​ence | \ ik-ˈspē-dē-ən(t)s \

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the proven expedience of the carrot over the stick in getting the most out of people

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Where the pure political expedience kicked in with Clinton was his decision during his 1996 reelection campaign to jettison all his years of seriousness in trying to find a fair, workable welfare reform plan. Neil Swidey, BostonGlobe.com, "How Democrats would be better off if Bill Clinton had never been president," 10 July 2018 Ryan said of the political expedience of Trump’s white nationalist rhetoric. Tara Golshan, Vox, "Paul Ryan wants you to know he has identified what’s wrong with the Republican Party," 17 Dec. 2018 Today, this symbiotic relationship is more complicated than simple efficiency and expedience. Pam Baker, Ars Technica, "Artificial Intelligence and the coming of the self-designing machine," 6 Dec. 2018 People are tired of those same promises and expedience where the grassroots of the Republican Party are used, abused and exploited and then toss out of the window as soon as these people are re-elected. Fox News, "Giuliani: Mueller does not have a legitimate investigation," 31 July 2018 Clinton is now roundly criticized by progressive Democrats for having pushed an overhaul of the welfare system purely for reasons of political expedience. Neil Swidey, BostonGlobe.com, "How Democrats would be better off if Bill Clinton had never been president," 10 July 2018 Like the dueling versions of his fictional counterpart, Amasa, known as A.C. in his hometown of Monroeville, Ala., alternated between high-minded principle and moral expedience, as most humans do. Danny Heitman, WSJ, "‘Atticus Finch: The Biography’ Review: The Writer, Her Father and Atticus Finch," 10 May 2018 Orbán’s turn to nativism, in many ways, originated in political expedience. William Galston, The New Republic, "How Hungary explains Europe’s retreat from democracy," 17 May 2018 Travelers enjoy turning cameras on themselves to capture unique expediences. Joshua Bowling, azcentral, "At the Grand Canyon, squirrel selfies can be dangerous to your health," 17 May 2018

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1548, in the meaning defined above

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excited commotion or publicity

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